CELIA CRUZ | The Queen of Salsa is Celebrated with a Museum Exhibit, Gala, Music, Movies &
More at the 8th annual Celebrate ORGULLO Festival, Oct 1-15, 2018 in South Florida
by Herb Sosa

UC|CU’s Celebrate ORGULLO 2018 – South
Florida’s first Hispanic LGBT Pride festival - enters
its 8th successful year with an International Artists
Showcase, ArtDiva Bus Tours, Music, Human
Rights Conference, Costume Exhibit, Movie night,
the Night of a Thousand Celia’s GALA, and much
more… all Celebrating CELIA CRUZ | Oct. 1-15, 2018

Celebrate ORGULLO continues to showcase
quality events, artists, performances &
programming to Miami’s first Hispanic LGBT Pride
festival. For 2018, we are honoring the life the
Queen of Salsa – CELIA CRUZ, through Art, Music,
Dance, Photography, Film and Spoken Word.

Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso
(October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003),
better known as Celia Cruz, was a
Cuban singer of Latin music. She was
known for her powerful voice and her
rhythm-centric musical style.  She was
the most popular Latin artist of the
20th century, gaining twenty-three gold
albums during her career. She was
renowned internationally as the
"Queen of Salsa", "La Guarachera de
Cuba", as well as The Queen of Latin
Music. She was an ambassador for the
variety and vitality of the music of her
native Havana, and after the Cuban
revolution she became a symbol of
artistic freedom for Cuban American

Celebrate ORGULLO 2018 | El primer y único
festival hispano LGBT Pride del sur de la Florida,
entra en su octavo año exitoso, con una muestra
internacional de artistas, Viajes en omnibus a
estudios de artistas, exposición de trajes, musica
y baile... Todo celebrando a CELIA CRUZ a través
del Arte, Música, Danza, Fotografía, el Cine y la
Palabra Hablada.

“This is the first time the public will be able to see all of Celia’s things in one
place,” says Omer Pardillo-Cid, the executor of The Celia Cruz Estate.
A previous large-scale Cruz exhibit was curated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with Pardillo’s participation.

Largest Celia Cruz Exhibition Set for Miami Run in October (excerpts from

“Forever CELIA” will encompass six decades of the Cuban musical icon’s life, featuring previously un-seen artefacts from her life and
career. “Forever CELIA,” a new exhibition about Celia Cruz, is set to open at Miami’s American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora in October.

When Cruz passed away in 2003, Pardillo, who became Cruz’s manager when he was in his 20s, took custody of her 200-plus dresses
and her shoes and wigs, dozens of awards, photos going back to her childhood in Cuba, and personal items including her first passport
and the plane ticket that took her to Kinshasa, in what was then Zaire, to perform with the Fania All Stars in 1974. The collection also, of
course, includes copies of the albums she recorded throughout her career, as well as personal mementos she amassed on her world
The show is set to open Oct. 18 to the

general public at the recently-opened
Miami museum, known as The Cuban,
which is dedicated to documenting the
culture of Cuban exile. “Forever Celia”
will be the museum’s first major exhibition.

The installation will cover six decades of

Cruz’s career, from her early days with the
Sonora Matancera in Cuba to her later
years as the world’s unchallenged Salsa
Queen. In addition to never-before-seen
costumes and a celebration of her music
through the years, a section of the
exhibition will recreate her 1990 visit to
Guantánamo Bay, where she performed
at the U.S. Naval Base. It was the only
time she returned to Cuba after going into
exile in 1960.

Complementing the celebration of Celia

in Miami, “Celia,” a new Celia Cruz
musical starring the Cuban singer
Lucrecia, directed by
Gonzalo Rodriguez and produced by

Pardillo, will be performed at Miami’s
Adrienne Arsht Center on Nov. 16 and 17.

Pardillo notes that the timing of both the exhibition and the musical honor the music icon in the year of the 15th anniversary of her death.

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